This was a heartbreaking but ultimately hopeful book. I really enjoyed it - as much as you can enjoy a subject like this. I know there are some who did not like the author's choice of POV - 5 year old Jack - but I thought it was honest and original. Maybe that's because I currently have a 5 year old and I can understand his thought process. In my opinion, the best part of this book is the second half where we get to see the "outside" through the eyes of a child who has never been outside of the Room. It's confusing and scary and magical all at the same time.